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|About||Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling.|
|Mission||The Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization, whose goal is to help young women reach their fullest potential. We aim to create a community to empower women through cycling, accent the importance of goals and a healthy life style, and emphasize a positive female bond. While this program is centered around creating a female camaraderie on bikes, it is most importantly about having fun in a constructive environment|
Lea and Sabra Davison fell in love with cycling while riding their bikes around their small hometown in Jericho, Vermont. While much of their childhood centered around downhill skiing and cross country running, they soon found themselves focusing more seriously on cycling. During their years in the Junior category, both Lea and Sabra attended the UCI World Championships and competed in numerous World Cup events. In addition to their international racing experiences, the girls competed in the NORBA national mountain bike series across the United States. While racing in the NORBA series, they noticed a large gender disparity on the start line and wanted to find a way to grow women’s mountain bike racing in America.
As they continued to compete in mountain biking, they were often reminded of the need to provide girls with the opportunity to find cycling, both as a sport and a lifestyle. They attended Middlebury College where they teamed up with Angela Irvine to start the Little Bellas program. Angela, a prominent member of the local cycling community and advocate of women’s cycling, shared a similar objective of expanding the sport to the younger generation. As co-founders, they developed a program structure and recruited mentors to run twelve Sunday sessions in Vermont throughout the summer of 2007. During its first season, the program had more mentors than girls, but more than doubled by 2008 when over 40 girls ages 7-12 enrolled in the program.
As Little Bellas has continued to expand to week long camps and establish chapters across the country, Angela and the Davison sisters have worked to build a program that encourages young girls to embrace cycling and fosters empowerment through sport. At camps and during weekly sessions, girls can expect to participate in a wide variety of games aimed at encouraging skill development, both on and off the bike. Little Bellas provides a supportive environment where young girls can be comfortable with themselves and overcome ch
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